CANADA SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM

Aquamess is featured in a new multi-media exhibit on Oceans and Ocean health in the soon-relaunched Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, November 16, 2017.  Garbage I collected in Svalbard as part of Clean Up Svalbard is now part of the museum's collection and is on display along with voice recordings I made about the cleanup initiative. The goal is to help people see themselves in the exhibit and ask, how do I dispose of plastics and garbage, and where does it go. How can I be part of the solution of the major health and marine ecosystems problem of marine trash? The exhibit is called Hidden Worlds. Indeed, microplastics are hidden and super harmful. Special thanks to Dr David Pantalony and Michel Labrecque at the SciTech museum.

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Maria Popova's Brainpickings tweets Carol Devine's Aquamess Portraits of Arctic Trash: clean it

Polar Art: Aquamess in Ernest Journal

Aquamess featured in Ernest Journal March 27, 2017 Issue 6 is a bi-annual printed journal for the curious and adventurous. It is a guide for those who appreciate true craftsmanship, who are fascinated by curious histories and who care more for timeless style than trends. It is a periodical of substance created for folk who love to build res, camp under a canopy of stars and run full pelt into the sea. It is for people who’d like to learn how to brew beer in their shed and name all the constellations of the northern hemisphere. It is for people who whittle.

Svalbard Trash at Canada Science and Technology Museum Nov 2017

Aquamess will be part of an exhibit at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa Canada in November 2017 in a section devoted to the oceans, marine science, and ocean health. The pieces of garbage I collected in Svalbard, Norway that you see in this virtual exhibit are now part of the museum's collection. I'm grateful curator Dr David Pantalony urged me to bring back samples of the trash we found on the Svalbard Clean up we did on several beaches during our civilian expedition. Date TBA. Watch this space! 

image: Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa

image: Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa

Assessing the amount, quality, and risk of microplastic contaminants in aquatic ecosystems

In Phys.org magazine 5 Jan 2017 

We're hearing more from studies about microplastics in our waters and research techniques. This brief article assesses current sampling and techniques. Clearly it's imperative to keep studying and in the meantime we, industry, government need to continue to clean up our act and think more about use and disposal of items that harm us and the ecosystem.

The review describes the currently used analytical methods with their advantages and drawbacks. For example, the reader learns that the visual inspection of the samples (derived from sediment, water surface or bulk) still takes a prominent role although the chance of false (both positive and negative) results is very large. And the lower size limit for optical detection is recommended to be about 500 micrometers, whereas the most interesting—because probably the most harmful—microplastic particles and fibers are in the range down to one micrometer or even nanometers. On the other hand, spectroscopic techniques have been successfully implemented which can unambiguously characterize the quality of the plastic particle down to one micrometer, provided certain analytical requirements are met. The authors propose that these spectroscopic techniques, combined with the emerging thermoanalytical techniques, will provide reliable data in the future, but they need to be continually developed and optimized.

As their most important point, the authors call for a harmonization of methods..."

and concludes

"The authors also discuss the uptake of microplastics and its effects in living species, and they highlight the necessity of enhanced research efforts towards the distribution of plastic additives such as plasticizers, fillers, or flame retardants in the tissue, which are potential health hazards. Thus, the article adds important aspects to the ongoing discussion on microplastic pollution in marine and freshwater biotopes and presents valid solutions for future management."
 

Art the Science

Art the Science a blog dedicated to featuring global sciart features Aquamess interview with Carol Devine Feb 2017, excerpts

Signal to Noise:

Aquamess featured in "Straight Up Science" in Signal to Noise magazine, "a nonprofit science magazine. Produced by scientists, written for everyone." An excerpt. Thanks Amanda and team.

It's all becoming crystal clear: garbage in the Arctic

Last fall the first studies showed microplastics near Svalbard in Arctic waters.

Now we learn that a lot of the garbage in the Arctic has been carried from UK seas. It surprises me these findings are only arriving now but the collective consciousness of knowledge of and fighting of the trash is happening, thankfully. This Guardian article by Damian Carrington is well worth a read:

Plastic waste dumped in UK seas 'carried to Arctic within two years'

Us cleaning in Svalbard 2015, image C Devine

Us cleaning in Svalbard 2015, image C Devine

Aqua Mess featured in Art & Science Collaborations, Inc ASCI June 2016 eBulletin

Founded in 1988, the mission of Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) is to inform our membership of opportunities in the international field of art-science practice, raise public awareness about the artists and scientists using science and technology to explore new forms of creative expression, and to increase communication and collaboration between these fields

Founded in 1988, the mission of Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) is to inform our membership of opportunities in the international field of art-science practice, raise public awareness about the artists and scientists using science and technology to explore new forms of creative expression, and to increase communication and collaboration between these fields